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Old 12-05-2016, 11:32 AM
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Electrical gremlins

1984 300D, mostly stock

Battery is 3 years old, MBZ. Alternator is 5 months old, 3rd replacement (several reman defects in a row) in less than a year. 65 AMP Bosch.

At idle my DMM reads 14V. With headlights with highbeams on, heater on full, radio on, rear defroster on, and brake pedal depressed, I still get 12.75 V. Raised idle brings it back up to around 13.5V.

I haven't load tested the battery, and it may be part of the issue. Glows and starts without hesitation every morning (daily driver). But I've noticed my driver's headlight is rather dim (stock, Bosch sealed beams). If I hit the high beams the driver's headlight goes out completely. Additionally, sometimes after a long cold night, after driving for a few minutes, hitting the brakes will shut the radio off and dim the headlights/dashlights quite a bit. Seems to act like there's not enough power in the system, but will shut off and start up no problem.

Any clue as to where to start (after load testing the battery)?

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Old 12-05-2016, 12:32 PM
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First thing that jumped out to me is you have a ground problem.
Check all your ground points, Battery, Ground Cable at the Adaptor Plate at rear of engine.
Under the Hood there is a couple of Grounds behind the head lights I believe on the inner fenders

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1) Not much power
2) Even less power
3) Not nearly enough power!! 240D w/auto

Anyone that thinks a 240D is slow drives too fast.

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